Sunday , Oct , 25 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Webber is wrong: Bosh could easily stay with Toronto Raptors

On the other hand, Webber’s overlooking two factors. First, consider the economy. Unlike the free spending days of the 1990s, the NBA – like the rest of the business world – is in a recession. With a declining salary cap, less money is available for all players, including the big ticket free agents of next summer …

Webber is wrong: Bosh could easily stay with Toronto RaptorsBreaking News mixed with analysis …

Their News: “I got two predictions. They’re (Toronto) out of the playoffs. They’re out of Chris Bosh.” (Chris Webber, analyst NBA TV)

My Quick Analysis: He may be retired and in the broadcast booth, but Webber is still controversial.

Recently, the analyst declared that the Toronto Raptors would miss the playoffs in 2010, which, in turn, would prompt Bosh and the club to cut ties through a trade or during free agency at season’s end.

To be fair, Webber has a unique perspective. Like Bosh, he was once an All-Star power forward. And like Bosh, he experienced a high profile contract negotiation with a franchise he helped rebuild -the Sacramento Kings.

On the one hand, Webber is also right. The results matter. For instance, a winning or losing season would have to influence CB4’s decision to re-up with the Raptors or migrate south to the United States.

On the other hand, Webber’s overlooking two factors. First, consider the economy. Unlike the free spending days of the 1990s, the NBA – like the rest of the business world – is in a recession. With a declining salary cap, less money is available for all players, including the big ticket free agents of next summer.

In the current economy, Bosh has little chance of becoming teammates with LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. This increases his chances of staying in Toronto, who, according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, can offer the most money and longest term.

Second, the Raptors are much improved. After a summer makeover, they now have a second-unit, athletes, toughness, and a co-star in Hedo Turkolgu. Given time, Turkoglu will develop chemistry with Bosh and the team could be a factor in the Eastern Conference.

Interestingly enough, Webber surprised many by turning down the bright lights of bigger markets and re-signing with the Kings. Years later, Bosh could follow his lead, but for different reasons.

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